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FBI agents raid buildings owned by Bloomingburg developer

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Residents in Bloomingburg, wake up to federal law enforcement officials in their neighborhood this morning. Our Meredith Zaritheny joins us from there with more information about exactly who owns the property seen raided.

BLOOMINGBURG, N.Y. -- FBI and other law enforcement officials were here searching this property, owned by Bloomingburg Developer Shalom Lamm.

Lamm is the developer of the controversial 396 unit Hasidic development who is accused of trying to rig next week's village election.

FBI agents could be seen going in and out of 32 High Street and 137 Main Street-- along with other properties Developer Shalom Lamm owns in Bloomingburg.

"It's really scary you just wonder what's really going on with this man and what he's doing," said Connie White, Bloomingburg Resident.

Lamm is the developer of the controversial 396 home development aimed at the Hasidic community. Many in the community are accusing Lamm of trying to manipulate next week's village election.

"The voter challenges that have been submitted to the board of elections they had to investigate quickly before the election is held. So we think this is because of that the FBI instead of the Sheriff is investigating," said Nicki Latreille, Scotchtown resident.

Opponents of Lamm say he's registered people to vote using address he owns, yet no one is living in these buildings.

"Because there were 140 of them and I believe we submitted wonderful evidence that people were not actually living here. They were registered to vote here," said Latreille.

Locals we spoke to say they believe if incumbent Mayor Mark Bernstein is elected, it will make moving forward with the more than 300 unit development easier for Lamm. It’s an issue that has this community divided.

"People are not against anybody who will pay their way and become a productive member of this town and the surrounding areas. However that's not what's happening right now," said Jane Connors, Bloomingburg resident.

We reached out to the FBI for comment no word from them at this point. We also went to Lamm’s home. He came to the door but said he had no comment at this time either.

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